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Ethics of Not Ruining Everything

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 3:44 pm | David Swanson

Today I listened to the audio book of Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationship With Animals by Lori Gruen while reading the hardcopy of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel Dennett. As a result I have been ... More >>

Opening the Election HiveMind: Freshwater Quality

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:19 pm | HiveMind

Welcome to Scoop’s second Opening the Election HiveMind exploration for 2017 “How can we ensure we have healthy and sustainable water in New Zealand now and in the future?” More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Greens’ room for political pragmatism

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:42 am | Gordon Campbell

T ry and guess which party I’m talking about. They’ve led the way in promoting women to leadership positions, and in allowing their MPs to vote according to their conscience. They’ve never won much in the way of electorate seats, but one of their ... More >>

PC sales could be worse

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 8:19 pm | Digitl

~650,000 machines still ship every day, but that's the lowest total since 2007 Source: PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared • The Register More >>

Duet Display uses iPad to extend Mac, PC

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 8:14 pm | Digitl

Duet Display started life as an iOS app to turn an iPad into a second screen for a Mac or Windows PC. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Metiria's flatmates

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 5:25 pm | Martin Doyle

Metiria Turei has thrown herself to the lions by admitting to welfare fraud [by having undeclared flatmates]. But when one examines the 'lions' with whom she 'flats' at Parliament, it becomes quite clear she is not alone in her capacity to extract large ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on humane welfare, child support and tax

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to ... More >>

Do we need a money revolution? Strategy 2040

Friday, 14 July 2017, 4:33 pm | Strategy2040

Professor William Mitchell is in Wellington on Friday 28 July and he will be speaking at a Wellington event to discuss how Modern Monetary Theory could support New Zealand’s economy, society, environment, and way of life over the next 20 years. More >>

Turning disability into possibility

Friday, 14 July 2017, 3:10 pm | Pioneers Post

“I have the most amazing job in the world!” says Minnie Baragwanath, founder and CEO of Be. Accessible in New Zealand. She will be speaking at the Social Enterprise World Forum in September and she gives us an insight into why she believes social ... More >>

Most Read Political Stories on Scoop – Week Ending July 13

Friday, 14 July 2017, 1:49 pm | The Scoop Team

Immigration, housing, prison conditions and health spending were the most read political stories on Scoop from Friday July 7 to Thursday July 13. More >>

Most Read Business Stories on Scoop – Week Ending July 13

Friday, 14 July 2017, 1:47 pm | The Scoop Team

Dodgy Hamilton car companies, Fonterra’s latest appointment and housing were the most read business stories on Scoop from Friday July 7 to Thursday July 13 More >>

NZ IoT networks jostle for potential billions

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:20 pm | Digitl

New Zealanders have three mobile phone networks to choose from. New Zealand sensors will soon have four dedicated Internet of Things networks to choose from. That's a competitive market by any measure. More >>

Concerns about smart speakers are real

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:18 pm | Digitl

They capture data and insights about us and will become irresistible to hackers. Source: Why concerns about smart speakers are real - The Listener More >>

Enable Networks connects 50,000 to fibre

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:07 pm | Digitl

Hats off to Christchurch local fibre company Enable Networks. The company says it now has 50,000 customers connected to its network. CEO Steve Fuller says that means one in three of those who can get the company's services are now connected. More >>

Rural health professionals see fibre pay-off

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:03 pm | Digitl

Broadband gives health professionals and patients fast access to resources and expertise. In rural areas this would often be difficult, expensive or time-consuming to get any other way. More >>

Vodafone Australia mulls Wisp alliance, NZ implications

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 6:59 pm | Digitl

Wireless ISPs or wisps provide local wireless broadband. Most operate in areas the big carriers find uneconomic to service. They might connect a handful of properties further up a valley, or behind a range of hills. More >>

Vodafone Australia mulls Wisp alliance, NZ implications

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 6:59 pm | Digitl

Wireless ISPs or wisps provide local wireless broadband. Most operate in areas the big carriers find uneconomic to service. They might connect a handful of properties further up a valley, or behind a range of hills. More >>

Gordon Campbell on National v Labour family support packages

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 12:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

T oo bad that poverty can bring out the worst in people. Especially at times, among politicians well-fed, well-housed and amply rewarded by the same state that they’re prone to decry when it offers assistance to individuals and families who are less ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Time to bail out

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 11:59 am | Martin Doyle

New Zealand is capable of accepting a left-of-centre coalition government, but on only one condition: the parties clearly must be able to work together. More >>

Exaggerated Victories: The Mosul Effect

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 10:22 am | Binoy Kampmark

The need to tick off the tactical and strategic boxes in the interminable war against Islamic State is so pressing it acquires the quality of ham acting, where generals and leaders become thespians of exaggerated promise before the camera. More >>

Scoop Images: Wellington America's Cup Parade

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 3:25 pm | Lyndon Hood

Wellingtonians lined the streets on Tuesday lunchtime to welcome the America's Cup and celebrate Emirates Team New Zealand's victory with cheers and polite applause. More >>

Sir Ray Avery at SEWF 2017: get ready to "dream big"

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 2:09 pm | Social Enterprise World Forum

Sometimes good things can come out of terrible situations. Ahead of his appearance at the Social Enterprise World Forum in September, serial social entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery explains his motivation to make millions of people's lives better. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters sitting pretty

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 11:57 am | Gordon Campbell

A h, Winston Peters… ’tis winter, but he could hardly be feeling more contented. Traditionally Peters and his party are good finishers in election campaigns and yet this year they’re already enjoying a strong 11% showing in this week’s ONE News ... More >>

ONE News Colmar Brunton poll – July 10

Monday, 10 July 2017, 6:28 pm | The Scoop Team

National 47% (-2), Labour 27% (-3), Greens 11% (+2), NZ First 11% (+2), Maori Party 2%, TOP 1%, ACT 1% More >>

PM's Press Conference 10/7/17: Abuse Inquiry Petition

Monday, 10 July 2017, 5:32 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English opened today's post-cabinet press conference repeating his praise of property developer Mark Dunajtschik's generosity in gifting a new fifty bed children's hospital to Wellington. This allowed a construction related segue ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the current US moves against North Korea

Monday, 10 July 2017, 11:51 am | Gordon Campbell

I f Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict. Even if the worst case scenario comes true and North Korea does eventually become ... More >>

At the edge of space, life is never boring

Monday, 10 July 2017, 11:00 am | Ara Institute

“When I flew my first mission with SOFIA as a pilot, I honestly thought, “WOW, am I really here doing this?” This job is at times both demanding and rewarding. Demanding because we leave no room for mistakes and we set such a high standard as ... More >>

Android: A practical guide for iPhone switchers

Sunday, 9 July 2017, 3:20 pm | Digitl

Phone buyers tend to stick with their choices for the long-haul. More than nine-out-of-ten iPhone owners pick another Apple phone . More >>

Why English Speakers Need to Start Learning Languages

Saturday, 8 July 2017, 1:49 pm | Suzie Kelsey

I see a lot of articles about why English speakers should focus on other things rather than foreign languages. The truth is, this is the attitude of the majority. More >>

Most Read Political Stories on Scoop – Week Ending July 6

Friday, 7 July 2017, 11:43 am | The Scoop Team

The Government’s response to the latest ballistic missile test by North Korea was the most read political story on Scoop between Friday June 30 and Thursday July 6. International concern about tensions in Korea were reflected in Scoop’s readership. ... More >>

Trump and North Korea’s Missile Program

Friday, 7 July 2017, 10:43 am | Binoy Kampmark

It’s all fine while it remains on the stage, a matter of contained, almost camp displays of grunting and strutting. The diplomats can still have some say; the foreign ministries retain some hold over the military instinct. But the longer the Korean ... More >>

Taking the Long View

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 4:39 pm | Gord Stewart

The Kiwi Bottle Drive is up and running. It’s a campaign to bring back a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in New Zealand. It would apply to beverage containers (glass and plastic bottles and aluminium cans), with a 10 cent deposit on purchase and refunded ... More >>

While you were sleeping: Fed mixed on balance sheet

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 11:47 am | BusinessDesk

July 6 (BusinessDesk) - Wall Street was mixed, as were US Federal Reserve policy makers about the timing to start unwinding the central bank’s balance sheet. More >>

New Zealand's broadband television end game in sight

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 6:10 pm | Digitl

Sky and Vodafone bow to the inevitable and call off their merger. Meanwhile TVNZ goes all in on streaming video. More >>

Fixed broadband: “Nothing more than backhaul”

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 6:06 pm | Digitl

At Computerworld NZ Stuart Corner writes about Spark's investor update held last week . He quotes Spark NZ managing director Simon Moutter: Customers want wireless everywhere and fixed broadband is nothing more than backhaul to a wireless hub (wi-fi) ... More >>

Building on the legacy of Einstein, Freud and Gandhi

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 4:49 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

In 1932, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein conducted a correspondence subsequently published under the title ‘Why War?’ See ‘Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature’. https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/04/why-war-einstein-and-freuds-little-known-correspondence-on-violence-peace-and-human-nature/ ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Shane Jones concept

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 11:30 am | Gordon Campbell

S ince Shane Jones has never really existed, the media felt it necessary to invent him. Meet Jonesy, the rough diamond politico with the superhero powers of communication with working class Kiwi males! As Danyl McLauchlan indicated a few years ago , the ... More >>

Rise and Fall: Boxing, Horn and Pacquiao

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 4:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Every round on the bag, hold the dream. Don’t lose sight of what we set out to do 10 years ago. Hold the dream.” Glenn Rushton to Jeff Horn, The Australian Magazine , Jan 27, 2017 More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s policy resurgence, and Alex Chilton

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 11:06 am | Gordon Campbell

F or much of this year, almost all the diversity in politics has been down at the retail end, where apparent differences reside in the tone, and in details. Up at the wholesale end – in the economic settings that drive the engine of politics ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Most Expensive Seat At The Rugby

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 10:47 am | Adrian Maidment

Most Expensive Seat At The Rugby ******** More >>

PM's Press Conference 03/07/17: Boats, People

Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:37 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English opened his press conference today by noting today's launch of the new Social Investment Agency Oranga Tangata. He said it's data-driven approach to seeing how well social spending succeeds would be rolled out to all Health, Education, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Peter Thiel’s bad attitude problem

Monday, 3 July 2017, 11:02 am | Gordon Campbell

S o far, we haven’t been able to find what Peter Thiel may have said about us on Trip Advisor, after those four lightning trips he made here, totalling 12 days in all – but I’m sure he liked us. Really liked us. Funny though that our alleged ... More >>

The NZSO goes to the Proms

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 2:58 pm | Max Rashbrooke

It was a good idea, a concert bringing together music from New Zealand and the British Isles in honour of the Lions tour. Did it work? At times, absolutely. At other times it felt a bit like a panto grafted onto unwilling stock. More >>

Pushing Gaza to Suicide: The Politics of Humiliation

Friday, 30 June 2017, 10:46 am | Ramzy Baroud

Mohammed Abed is a 28-year-old taxi driver from the village of Qarara, near the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. He has no teeth. More >>

Hillsborough: Holding the Police to Account

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 9:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It is also a story of deceit and lies, of institutional defensiveness defeating truth and justice. It is evidence of a culture of denial within South Yorkshire Police.” Anne Burkett, BBC, Apr 27, 2016 More >>

Whatever ailed Vodafone broadband ... seems to be fixed

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 3:27 pm | Digitl

After reporting a series of poor results, broadband monitoring company TrueNet notes a welcome return to form for Vodafone broadband performance . More >>

Behind Spark's slow-burn 4.5G plan

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 3:21 pm | Digitl

Last week Spark installed new technology on five Queenstown cellular towers. They mean the region now has New Zealand's fastest mobile data network. The Queenstown towers join one-off upgraded Spark  towers in Christchurch and Silverdale. More >>

NotPetya ransomware attack, New Zealand view

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 3:17 pm | Digitl

Victims of the NotPetya ransomware attack can't get at their own computer data even if they pay the ransom. More >>

The European Commission, Google and Anti-Competition

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 12:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Google’s practices have deprived millions of European consumers of the full benefits of competition, genuine choice and innovation.” More >>

Homelessness: A View From The United States

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 11:49 am | Jan Rivers

There is a poem well known to UK baby boomers called The Naming of Parts . It’s by Henry Reed who was a conscript to the army in the Second World War and his famous poem describes learning to use a rifle which was missing many of the parts actually ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the EU’s beef with Google

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

T here’s every indication that Google would be on a losing wicket if it chooses to fight the European Union competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on the firm – with the prospect of worse to come if Google doesn’t quickly ... More >>

Why our current system can’t deliver affordable housing

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 11:30 am | Mike Fox

At the recent Community Housing Aotearoa conference in Wellington Mike Fox provided a short presentation outlining why the construction industry is finding it impossible to supply affordable housing. More >>

Scoop Multimedia: Election-Year Housing Policy Debate

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 2:17 pm | The Scoop Team

On June 7 representatives from political parties were invited to a debate on how to see all New Zealanders well housed . More >>

Gordon Campbell on the America’s Cup

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 12:22 pm | Gordon Campbell

W ith hindsight, the $5 million that then-Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce grudgingly allocated back in 2013 to keep the America’s Cup squad together has proved to be one of the government’s more successful exercises in belt tightening. ... More >>

Buddhist Nuns Suffer Hostility & Sexism

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:57 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- An American Buddhist nun said the U.S. Embassy rescued her from Thai men who wanted to kidnap her, but they later allegedly burned down her temple dormitory because she intentionally disobeys Thai Buddhist ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark - Pride in San Francisco

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

The security guard grinned at the bag with rheumy eyes. It had already begun to ache, the shoulder strap held down by writing material and a bottle of water. “Thank you, sir!”, came the emphatic note of approval. The bag had passed the test, as ... More >>

Twitter Building: Tech Incubators and Altering Perceptions

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:42 am | Binoy Kampmark

The Twitter Building on Market Street, San Francisco, sounds like an aviary bustling with activity. With its bright open spaces and chirping entrepreneurs hatching the next project, it might as well be. Several floors are dedicated to what can only ... More >>

Taking the Long View

Monday, 26 June 2017, 6:53 pm | Gord Stewart

If you want something profoundly important accomplished, here’s a recipe for success: Get young people to do it. And don’t pay them. More >>

PM's Press Conference 26/6/17: Red Socks and Secret Tapes

Monday, 26 June 2017, 5:34 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mention today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wish Emirates Team New Zealand ... More >>

Sanctions Are Crimes, Not Law Enforcement

Monday, 26 June 2017, 3:27 pm | David Swanson

The U.S. Senate has increased sanctions on the people of Iran and Russia, if the House and President go along. The Senate vote was 98-2 , with Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting no, the latter despite his support for the Russian half ... More >>